About the Wi-Fi Features and the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for aibo

Notes on using the Wi-Fi features

aibo uses the 2.4GHz frequency range. The 2.4GHz frequency range is used for operation by industrial/scientific/medical devices including microwave ovens, as well as by other homogeneous wireless stations, radio stations for mobile identification that require a license and are often used for in-plant production lines, specified low power radio stations that do not require a license, and amateur radio stations (hereinafter collectively referred to as “other wireless stations”).

  1. Before you start using your aibo, make sure that there are no “other wireless stations” in operation nearby.

  2. If there is radio interference between your aibo and “other wireless stations,” immediately change the location where you use your aibo or perform the following.

    • Slide the network switch on aibo’s torso to “OFF.”

    • Press and hold the power button at the back of aibo’s neck for 2 seconds to turn off aibo.

  3. When you have any questions or need assistance, contact the aibo Owner Support.

2.4: Indicates the radio equipment that uses the 2,400 MHz frequency range.

FH/XX/DS/OF: Indicates that the modulation method is FH-SS, random, DS-SS, or OFDM.

4: Indicates that the expected interference distance is 40 m or shorter.

8: Indicates that the expected interference distance is 80 m or shorter.

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Indicates that all frequency ranges from 2,400 MHz to 2483.5 MHz are used and the frequency range used by mobile object identification devices cannot be avoided.

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Indicates that all frequency ranges from 2,400 MHz to 2483.5 MHz are used and the frequency range used by mobile object identification devices can be avoided.

Notes on the wireless LAN

Sony assumes no liability for any damage or loss that you may suffer as a result of unauthorized access or use of the connection target data stored on aibo arising from loss or theft of aibo.

About security of the wireless LAN products in use

  • To avoid hacking, access from a malicious party, and other vulnerability attacks, be sure to use a secure wireless LAN.

  • It is critical that you make security settings for the wireless LAN.

  • Sony assumes no liability for any damage as a result of the security issues arising from your neglect of security measures or your unavoidable circumstances for using the wireless LAN.

About the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for aibo

aibo ERS-1000 Series is in compliance with the government technical standards concerning the rate of radio-frequency energy absorption by the human body and the international guidelines for human protection from radio-frequency energy exposure.

aibo is designed to comply with the exposure limit recommended by the government technical standards* concerning the rate of radio-frequency energy absorption by the human body and the international guidelines equivalent to these technical standards. These international guidelines are formulated by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) that works together with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the exposure limits given in the guidelines cover the safety rates that are sufficient enough for all users regardless of their ages and health conditions. The government technical standards and the international guidelines define these limits as the Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) that indicate the average amount of radio-frequency energy absorbed by the human body. The SAR limit for aibo is 2.0 W/kg and the maximum SAR value of aibo measured by pressing aibo tightly against the human body is 0.887 W/kg. This value may slightly vary depending on the individual aibo product but the SAR limit for aibo is not exceeded in any case. In addition, as aibo is designed to output the minimum energy needed for communication with the nearest mobile base station, the SAR value typically decreases. In general, the closer the base station is located, the less energy aibo outputs.

The WHO states that many studies have been conducted over 20 years to evaluate if mobile phones produce potential risks to human health. No alleged consequences on health by use of mobile phones have been established to date.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization website.

World Health Organization website:

http://www.who.int/docstore/peh-emf/publications/facts_press/fact_japanese.htm

For more information about the SAR, please visit the following websites.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications:

http://www.tele.soumu.go.jp/j/sys/ele/index.htm

Association of Radio Industries and Businesses:

http://www.arib-emf.org/index02.html

* The technical standards are defined in the Ordinance on Radio Law (Article 14-2 radio equipment).